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Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial:
An important site for remembrance
The Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial ensures we continue to remember the terror of the Nazi-crimes. It tells the story of the thousands of victims who lost their lives here.
Built by the SS in 1938, the Neuengamme concentration camp in Hamburg-Bergedorf served as north-west Germany’s main concentration camp from 1940 to 1945. The inmates were forced to do hard labour under gruelling circumstances. At least 42,900 people died here. It’s a horrific piece of history, which makes it even more important to keep remembering the injustice of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (the Nazi Party).
Since 2005, the site has become the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, which encompasses virtually the entire grounds measuring 57 hectares and includes 17 original buildings of the former concentration camp. Hence, this is one of the largest memorials in Germany. It’s not only a place for remembering but also for learning, providing many opportunities to explore the causes and consequences of the Nazi regime.
In view of the spread of the coronavirus in Germany, it is with a heavy heart that the Memorial must cancel the events scheduled for the 75th anniversary of the liberation. The international commemoration marking the anniversary of the liberation of prisoners from the Neuengamme concentration camp is to be postponed to 2021. For the very latest information regarding the situation, please visit their homepage.